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Howard McGillin

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Occupation  Actor, vocalist
Partner  Richard Samson
Role  Television actor
Name  Howard McGillin
Years active  1970s–present

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Born  November 5, 1953 (age 69) (1953-11-05) Los Angeles, California, United States
Spouse(s)  Richard Samson (m. 2013)
Education  University of California, Santa Barbara
Children  Brian McGillin, Chris McGillin
Albums  Mack & Mabel (1995 London revival cast), Fifty Million Frenchmen
Movies  The Swan Princess, The Hunchback of Notre, Where the Boys Are '84, Mary White, Follies in Concert
Similar People  Michelle Nicastro, Liz Callaway, Victoria Clark, Dee Hoty, Corey Cott

Class Notes: Howard McGillin, Actor

Howard McGillin (born November 5, 1953 in Los Angeles, California) is an American actor. He is known for his role of John Jasper in Drood and for being the longest running Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera.


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Early life and career

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McGillin was born in Los Angeles, California. His father William was an accountant, and his mother Margaret was an administrator at Santa Barbara City College. McGillin graduated from Dos Pueblos High School and the University of California, Santa Barbara. While in college, he appeared at the Sacramento Music Circus in seven musicals.

He began his career on television, working as a contract player for Universal Studios, and his early film and TV credits include roles in Mary White (1977), Wheels (1978), Women in White (1979) and Where the Boys Are '84 (1984). He moved to New York City with the intention of pursuing a career on Broadway, and was cast as one of the male leads in the New York Shakespeare Festival's 1984 production of La Boheme, which starred Linda Ronstadt. The New York Times reviewer, Frank Rich, called McGillin "dashing".


Other featured and leading roles on the stage followed. Often considered a "tall, dark and handsome" leading man, McGillin originated the role of John Jasper in The Mystery of Edwin Drood at the Imperial Theatre; for his performance he was nominated for a 1986 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical. He earned a second Tony nomination in 1988 for his portrayal of Billy Crocker in the Broadway revival of Cole Porter's Anything Goes.

McGillin starred in the award-winning West End 1995 production of Mack & Mabel and sings on the cast album recording. He received praise as Molina in the Kander and Ebb musical Kiss of the Spider Woman, replacing Brent Carver in 1994. The New York Times reviewer wrote: "In an impressive change of pace from the smooth philanderer he played in 'She Loves Me,' Howard McGillin is Molina...Mr. McGillin can be almost boyishly blithe at times. He embraces Aurora's campy films with the flair of the musical-comedy aficionado...While Mr. McGillin is playing up Molina's more exuberant charm, Mr. Mitchell is playing down Valentin's brusque condescension. As a result, the growing affection between them seems the more believable." Due to their performances and that of leading lady Vanessa L. Williams, the show received a rare second cast recording.

McGillin originated a leading role in the world premiere of Stephen Sondheim's musical Bounce at the Goodman Theatre, Chicago, and the Kennedy Center in 2003. He was featured in the Encores! production of the Ziegfeld Follies of 1936 in 1999.

He has performed in many concerts in the United States and abroad, including a concert production of Sondheim's Follies in 1985 at Lincoln Center that was released on DVD.He appeared in the Irish Repertory Theatre (New York City) concert, A Child's Christmas in Wales in Concert in December 2011.

McGillin has continued to perform in television and film as a voice-over artist. His is the singing voice of Gregory in South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, has narrated many books on tape, and programs/commercials on television (including the PBS series Nature.) McGillin is the voice of Prince Derek in the animated film The Swan Princess (1994). McGillin has released one solo CD, Where Time Stands Still. He has contributed to numerous cast recordings, including those of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Anything Goes, Kiss of the Spider Woman (second cast recording) and Bounce.

McGillin holds the record for the most performances by an actor in the title role of the musical The Phantom of the Opera (official title: "World's Longest Running Phantom"), joining the Broadway cast in 1999. He was part of the musical when it became the longest-running production in Broadway history on January 9, 2006, and its twenty-first anniversary on January 26, 2009. McGillin played his last performance in the role on July 25, 2009, marking his 2,544th show.

He performed in the York Theatre production of I Remember Mama, which ran from October 8–10, 2010. McGillin starred as Sir Francis Chesney in the New York City Center Encores! production of Where's Charley? from March 17–20, 2011. He played Applegate in the Paper Mill Playhouse production of Damn Yankees! in Millburn, New Jersey, which ran from March 7, 2012 through April 1, 2012.

Personal life

McGillin married longtime partner Richard Samson in September 2013; he had been married and divorced prior to this. McGillin has two sons, Brian and Christopher.


Source: Playbill Vault

  • The Mystery of Edwin Drood (John Jasper) (1985): Tony Award nomination; Drama Desk Award nomination; Theatre World Award
  • Anything Goes (Billy Crocker) (1987): Tony Award nomination; Drama Desk Award nomination
  • The Secret Garden (Archibald Craven replacement)
  • She Loves Me (Kodaly) (1993-1994)
  • Kiss of the Spider Woman (Molina replacement) (1994)
  • Sunday in the Park with George (1994 Concert) (Soldier, Act 1; Alex, an artist, Act 2)
  • The Phantom of the Opera (Erik, The Phantom of the Opera replacement) (1999-Last performance July 25, 2009)
  • Gigi (2015) (Honoré Lachaille)
  • West End

  • Anything Goes (Billy Crocker) (1989)
  • Mack & Mabel (Mack) (1995)
  • Other

  • As Thousands Cheer (June 1998) (Drama Dept., Off-Broadway)
  • Ziegfeld Follies of 1936 (Encores!, 1999)
  • Bounce (2003 world premiere: Helen Hayes Award nomination)
  • Peter Pan (2004 national tour) (Captain Hook)
  • A Child's Christmas in Wales (Concert, December 2011)
  • Where's Charley? (Sir Francis Chesney) (Encores!, 2011)
  • Damn Yankees! (Paper Mill Playhouse, March 2012)
  • References

    Howard McGillin Wikipedia